President Rodrigo Duterte urged Filipinos to remain vigilant amid terror attacks in Mindanao.
“As fellow Mindanaoans, I ask for your continued vigilance as we express essential measure for the safety of our people and for the restoration of public order in communities affected by terrorism,” President Duterte said in his speech during the 50th founding anniversary of the Agusan del Norte province held at University of Cabadbaran.
The President underscored that the crisis in Marawi City is an ongoing battle of every citizen who wants prosperity and asked the public’s cooperation in the fight against all forms of corruption and criminality.
“Do not allow other people, other tribes, with the foreign or radical extremists. Don’t let them enter… so that there won’t be any trouble. Assume a neutral stance,” President Duterte said.
He mentioned that there must be “no fighting” between the tribes, saying: “we can all just live together peacefully, nobody’s fighting against you.”
“Together, we will work relentlessly in overcoming these obstacles on our way to become a more inclusive and progressive society,” the President added.
President Duterte also reminded the public to avoid terrorism and everyone to report any suspicious incidents to the policemen and military troops, while encouraging everyone that martial law during his administration is different this time.
“Basta iwasan (or huwag) ninyong papapasukin ang terrorismo, ireport niyo kaagad sa pulis kasi wala na akong pakialam sa pagpapatakbo ng pulis. Sa kanila na yan. Yung nakaranas ng martial law noong panahon ni Marcos, ano talaga ‘yun. Ang akin, basta martial law, maniwala lang kayo, maglalakwatsa kayo at walang bawal,” he said.